Many dabble with the Occult at some stage. Those travelled and wise to the world know that there is a darker, unknown side to life. Necromancers toy on the fringes of the Occult energies to fuel their art, and those of zeal and religious fervor occasionally succumb to the darker side of their faith. Demons. Devils. Infernal realms. The Weird and unnatural. Elder beings you dare not awaken. All are the domain of the occult. Come; stop wading in the shallows and plunge into the depths! Fall to the darker art and discover what the Occult Brotherhood has to offer.
In a city where the justice system features judicial dueling, plaintiffs and defendants are permitted to request a champion to take their place in the duel: Someone chosen by lot from among the foreigners in the city. When anyone first arrives, they are given an enchanted ceramic pendant that marks them as a candidate for "court duty".
Wealthy folk entering the city are often escorted by burly guards, paid to carry pendants on their behalf: They elude court duty in that way.
Adventurers may seek work as a rich man's proxy or may find themselves magically summoned to serve as a champion.